The Pan African Farmers Organization (PAFO) and Andreas Hermes Akademie (AHA) signed, in Berlin, Germany, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen the capacity of farmer organizations (FO), in Africa, under the umbrella of PAFO at the continental, regional and national levels. The aim is to best implement their mandate in times of great challenges to the agriculture sector.
AHA and PAFO shall support the growing capacity network amongst Regional Farmers’ Organizations (RFOs), and National Farmers’ Organizations (NFOs), men, women, and youth.
Under this partnership, three projects will be implemented:
A- “Pan-African FO Exchange Platform”
A digital platform shall be created and moderated by PAFO. It will be aimed at staff and elected representatives of NFO and RFO. Regular thematic seminars aim to build the capacity of the respective people at the FO, both through peer-to-peer exchange and expert input. The project aims at the core capacity of the FOs, including leadership and management, lobby and advocacy, networking and cooperation, knowledge management, and exchange. Thematic capacities are relevant to confront the challenges to African farmers and will also be addressed if the need is expressed by the target FOs.
Within the framework of this project, a Core Management Team (CMT) will support the PAFO coordinator in implementing and moderating the platform. In preparation, the team of 15 will benefit from a 3-day moderation training in May 2023 (10-12), in Kigali as well as several online sessions and on-the-job training.
The Project is implemented with the support of AgrarKontakte International (AKI) e.V. a AHA network partner from Germany, experienced in the building of digital platforms for international exchanges between NFOs.
B- “Women Lead”: Women Farmers’ Leadership Program
Women in leadership positions are invited to join a capacity-building program, where they come together in groups of 20 to go through an intensive phase of training, peer-to-peer learning, and exposure. This is followed by a tandem coaching phase of many months. A final event will highlight the achievements of the program and ensure the women gain visibility as role models.
This project is implemented with the support of the German Association of Rural Women- (Deutscher LandFrauenverband. dlv), AHA network partners from Germany, who offer the involvement of women leaders from Germany for exchange and mutual learning.
The first round of this program brings together 20 rural women, (15 from the African farmers Organization and 5 members from dlv) from 14-19 Mai 2023 in Kigali.
Both projects Women Farmers’ Leadership Program and the “Pan African Farmers’ Organization Exchange Platform” are implemented with the financial support of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).